Woman killed in single-car crash in Churchland area of Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — 41-year-old Alicia Smith-Hambrick was killed in a single-car crash in the Churchland section of Portsmouth overnight.

The crash happened at the intersection of Merrifields Boulevard and River Shore Road, near Churchland Middle School.

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“We don’t know the time or the day when he (God) will call us,” said friend Tamera Hayes.

Friends and family say Hambrick got that call this morning when her life came to tragic end.

“This was the worst news of the day for me,” added family friend Vernon Crump.

Hambrick, a mother of three was on her way to work coming down River Shore Road when her car clipped a power pole and ran head on into a brick sign. Rescue crews rushed out to the scene, but found Hambrick dead. She was the only one in the car.

Police say the crash was called in around 3:42 a.m. Officers found Smith-Hambrick, who was driving the car, unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

“She was beautiful,” Hayes said. “She was tall, long hair and she had a personality to match. She was a joy to be around.”

Friend say she loved her kids so much. She worked two jobs to support them.

“This is just terrible news for us to hear today,” Crump added. “We have only questions certainly in situations like this. It is hard to make sense of it.”

Police are now trying to figure out what caused this to happen.

“I can’t even imagine how her kids are feeling this morning,” Crump said. “This is just unbelievable.”

“Our prayers are continually with the family,” Hayes added. “May she rest in paradise.”

 

The accident caused a closure of River Shore Road between Swannonoa Drive and Oakhurst Road, as well as Merrifields Boulevard at Wyndybrow Drive.

The closures were lifted shortly before 10 a.m. Thursday.

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